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First Service In The New Space

Well, we made it. After a long few weeks, March 15 came upon us and we found ourselves having our first service in the new worship space. Aside from a few technical glitches (including our Aviom patching randomizing during soundcheck–more on that later…), the gatherings came together really, really well. Feedback from the community has been extremely positive, and it felt really good to be together in our new space. It looked pretty sweet, and sounded rather amazing. To look at the room, you’d think there would be extreme problems with flutter echo, slap-back and a host of standing waves. However, it really sounded good. We have some EQ to tweak, and I think we’ll put the subs back on an aux, but overall, the first shot at the EQ was pretty solid.

The last few weeks have provided tons of material for posts, and I’ll be working through them in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I thought I’d post some photos of the first gathering. You can click on any of them to enlarge.

View from the balcony next to the tech booth. Loving the saturated colors of the LED light fixtures. View from the balcony next to the tech booth. Loving the saturated colors of the LED light fixtures.Kurt teaching; he really likes the new lights. They're softer and more diffused, and he's able to see people much easier now. Kurt teaching; he really likes the new lights. They’re softer and more diffused, and he’s able to see people much easier now.This is our new, much smaller experiential space. We can light it with the wall wash fixtures, which is sweet. This is our new, much smaller experiential space. We can light it with the wall wash fixtures, which is sweet.Another shot from the balcony. RGB additive color mixing is great. More color=more brightness. Another shot from the balcony. RGB additive color mixing is great. More color=more brightness.A closer view of the band. The drum condo worked amazingly well. And it's a nice spot to set lights... A closer view of the band. The drum condo worked amazingly well. And it’s a nice spot to set lights…The place was full. I think I counted 2 empty seats at the 5 PM, and about 12 a the 7 PM. It's cozy for sure! The place was full. I think I counted 2 empty seats at the 5 PM, and about 12 a the 7 PM. It’s cozy for sure!The view from the tech booth. We can see better than our old location, though I sort of wish the front wall of the booth was a bit lower. Then again, we can duck down and hide; so there's that... The view from the tech booth. We can see and hear better than our old location; though I sort of wish the front wall of the booth was a bit lower. Then again, we can duck down and hide; so there’s that…Like I said, this is just a taste of what’s to come. In future weeks, I’ll post a full run down of the gear, how it’s set up, what works well, what needs improved on and what we would change if we could do it over. There are a few niggling issues that bug me, but overall, I’m pleased with the system. I tend to be a pretty harsh critic and will focus on the 1 thing out of 100 that’s not quite right. I keep trying to remind myself that we got 96-98% of it right, and that’s not too shabby.

Couple that with the fact that we finished installing at midnight on Friday, and started setup for the first service 36 hours later, and it came off pretty dang well, and we have a lot to be proud of.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the heroic efforts of some of our volunteers; Zach and Justin spent a solid 60+ hours with us there last week, and Kevin put in a goodly amount of time, too. Were it not for them, the system would not be anywhere near the state of done-ness that it is (which is probably 95%). And the last 5% is really simple stuff like making mic cords and getting stuff neatened up. So thanks guys! Our community owes you a lot!

I also have to mention our first-run volunteers who walked into a new system, in a new space and knocked it out of the park. Robyn, Tommy and Erik made things run super-smooth (especially Erik who was fighting what appears to be a very confused 01V). Thanks too, to John who came in and helped finish programming lights. You guys rock!

More to come…

16 Comments

  1. jrygel@hotmail.com

    Looks nice! Going with a distributed speaker system vs. a larger central cluster probably helped you a lot with slapback and echo, and from the layout of the room it doesn’t look like you had a lot of choice anyway.

    What kind of LEDs did you go with? It looks like you have two moving heads on the ceiling, are they a 250 watt discharge and does the relative brightness work out okay with your LEDs?

  2. jrygel@hotmail.com

    Looks nice! Going with a distributed speaker system vs. a larger central cluster probably helped you a lot with slapback and echo, and from the layout of the room it doesn’t look like you had a lot of choice anyway.

    What kind of LEDs did you go with? It looks like you have two moving heads on the ceiling, are they a 250 watt discharge and does the relative brightness work out okay with your LEDs?

  3. jake@capturevideo.net

    Mike- Great job. I was at the 5pm service and thought everything looked and sounded good. I know how hard you guys worked right up until the last minute…you and your team has a lot to be proud of.

  4. jake@capturevideo.net

    Mike- Great job. I was at the 5pm service and thought everything looked and sounded good. I know how hard you guys worked right up until the last minute…you and your team has a lot to be proud of.

  5. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Jake–Thanks! It was a ton of work, but I’m happy with the results.

    Justin–Good eyes; yes, they are 250s. We didn’t fire them up for the first service; we figured we had enough going on. In terms of light output, they’re brighter than the LEDs if we don’t put a color gel in the light path. As soon as you start adding gobos, colors and effects, they match rather well. I kind of wish we’d have gone with some 575s, but these will do. Once we play with them some more, I’ll report back on my thoughts of them. So far, I’ve played with them for less than an hour.

  6. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Jake–Thanks! It was a ton of work, but I’m happy with the results.

    Justin–Good eyes; yes, they are 250s. We didn’t fire them up for the first service; we figured we had enough going on. In terms of light output, they’re brighter than the LEDs if we don’t put a color gel in the light path. As soon as you start adding gobos, colors and effects, they match rather well. I kind of wish we’d have gone with some 575s, but these will do. Once we play with them some more, I’ll report back on my thoughts of them. So far, I’ve played with them for less than an hour.

  7. Jonas.Kloster@stadtmissionEickel.de

    The building looks nice.

    Maybe you can tell me how many people can be there at one time.

  8. Jonas.Kloster@stadtmissionEickel.de

    The building looks nice.

    Maybe you can tell me how many people can be there at one time.

  9. jrygel@hotmail.com

    So are your main stage lights some of the semi-standard 36x1W LEDs, like the Chavet ColoRADO 1 or something more exotic/powerful/newer?

  10. jrygel@hotmail.com

    So are your main stage lights some of the semi-standard 36x1W LEDs, like the Chavet ColoRADO 1 or something more exotic/powerful/newer?

  11. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Justin–The main stage lights are actually Color Kenetics ColorBlast 12’s. They are spec’d as “36 high-intensity LEDs.” Can’t tell from the specs if they are 1W or 3W. They are pretty bright, however. We also have 10 ColorBlast 6’s for band back lighting.

    Jonas–Thanks! We shoehorned about 362 seats into the place, and nearly every one was taken. Not very big, but it’s cozy!

  12. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Justin–The main stage lights are actually Color Kenetics ColorBlast 12’s. They are spec’d as “36 high-intensity LEDs.” Can’t tell from the specs if they are 1W or 3W. They are pretty bright, however. We also have 10 ColorBlast 6’s for band back lighting.

    Jonas–Thanks! We shoehorned about 362 seats into the place, and nearly every one was taken. Not very big, but it’s cozy!

  13. phillipgibb@gmail.com

    looks great,

    We have moved into a new venue just recently. Can max out at about 400 – but with a completely flat floor plan.

    We have the issue of the projector screen having to be set to one side – which is an inconvenience to the people sitting on that side close to it. One day we will have two :-).

    I notice that you have setup tech up on the balcony – is this where you mix the sound for the environment as well. Out sound guys insist on moving about 10 rows from the from – me as the Video guy just can’t understand this. he he he

    Phill

    [twitter: http://twitter.com/phillipgibb ]

    [blog: http://synapticlight.com/ ]

  14. phillipgibb@gmail.com

    looks great,

    We have moved into a new venue just recently. Can max out at about 400 – but with a completely flat floor plan.

    We have the issue of the projector screen having to be set to one side – which is an inconvenience to the people sitting on that side close to it. One day we will have two :-).

    I notice that you have setup tech up on the balcony – is this where you mix the sound for the environment as well. Out sound guys insist on moving about 10 rows from the from – me as the Video guy just can’t understand this. he he he

    Phill

    [twitter: http://twitter.com/phillipgibb ]

    [blog: http://synapticlight.com/ ]

  15. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Phil–We do mix from the balcony. Our mix position is pretty much right in front of a delay speaker, so we get a pretty good representation of what’s going on in the room. We get some minor bass build up since we’re in a corner, but it’s not too annoying. Because of the floor plan, there was really no where else to put tech without chewing up a ton of seats–and as you can see, seats are a precious commodity right now!

    One of the reasons we went with 3 screens (there’s one on the opposite wall of the side screen in the picture) is because we have people facing the three walls; front, and both sides. We didn’t want to have people twisting all around to see the screens. Plus the BenQ’s are cheap, so we figured we’d just throw up three of them. I just hope they last!

  16. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Phil–We do mix from the balcony. Our mix position is pretty much right in front of a delay speaker, so we get a pretty good representation of what’s going on in the room. We get some minor bass build up since we’re in a corner, but it’s not too annoying. Because of the floor plan, there was really no where else to put tech without chewing up a ton of seats–and as you can see, seats are a precious commodity right now!

    One of the reasons we went with 3 screens (there’s one on the opposite wall of the side screen in the picture) is because we have people facing the three walls; front, and both sides. We didn’t want to have people twisting all around to see the screens. Plus the BenQ’s are cheap, so we figured we’d just throw up three of them. I just hope they last!

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